By MICHAEL DESPAIN
MARYVILLE, TN – The Schaeffer’s Oil Fall Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels would present its inaugural event on Friday evening at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN with $4,000 up for grabs and Tommy Kerr of Maryville, TN would take the lead on lap thirty-one from Brandon Kinzer and lead the rest of the way to claim the victory.
The win for Kerr would come aboard the Blount Motorsports owned Stowers Machinery, Massey Electric, Blount Excavating, Ole Ben Franklin Motors, Food City, Wine and Spirits Cellar, Walker’s Truck Contractors sponsored #4T Rocket, Vic Hill Race Engines powered entry.
Brandon Kinzer would take the lead at the start of the event, with Dakotah Knuckles, Donald McIntosh, Tommy Kerr, and Robby Moses in pursuit. The front trio of Kinzer, Knuckles, and McIntosh would pull away from Kerr and Moses a bit by lap ten, but Kerr would mount a charge on third-place McIntosh and would take the position on lap seventeen. Three circuits later on lap twenty, Kerr would grab second position away from Knuckles. McIntosh and Moses would close in on Knuckles and the pair would work past Knuckles for the third and fourth positions each on lap twenty-two. With Kinzer still showing the way and Kerr closing the gap between first and second, the only caution of the race would wave on lap twenty-four when third-place McIntosh would spin his machine in turn four after jumping the cushion.
The restart would see Kinzer and Kerr begin to battle for the first position, while David Payne would challenge Knuckles for the fourth spot and snag the position on lap twenty-eight. Kerr would ramp up his challenges of Kinzer for the top spot and would take the race lead exiting turn four on lap thirty-one. Moses would close on Kinzer and take the second position away from Kinzer on lap thirty-three. Moses would mount a charge on Kerr, but would come up short, with Kerr taking the victory, with Moses and Kinzer rounding out the podium positions. Payne and Knuckles would complete the top five finishers. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be McIntosh, Bobby Giffin, Austin Smith, Pierce McCarter, and Kyle Courtney.
The Schaeffer’s Oil Fall Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels next event will be Saturday August 17 at North Georgia Speedway in Chatsworth, GA, paying $10,000 to win.
Further information on the Schaeffer’s Oil Fall Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels can be obtained by calling Promoter Ray Cook at (828) 360-5353 or Series P.R. Coordinator Chris Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or (606) 219-1723 or by visiting the official series website located at www.SouthernNationalsSeries.com.
Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Schaeffer’s Oil Fall Nationals presented by Sunoco Race Fuels at Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN on August 16, 2019
1. Tommy Kerr-Maryville, Tenn.
2. Robby Moses-Maryville, Tenn.
3. Brandon Kinzer-Lexington, Ky.
4. David Payne-Murphy, N.C.
5. Dakotah Knuckles-Ewing, Va.
6. Donald McIntosh-Dawsonville, Ga.
7. Bobby Giffin-Maryville, Tenn.
8. Austin Smith-Rome, Ga.
9. Pierce McCarter-Gatlinburg, Tenn.
10. Kyle Courtney-Knoxville, Tenn.
11. Jeff Neubert-Rockford, Tenn.
12. Dalton Polston-Lithia Springs, Ga.
13. Dusty Carver-Englewood, Tenn.
14. Craig Greer-Cleveland, Tenn.
15. David Crabtree-Maryville, Tenn.
16. Mike Weeks-Lenoir City, Tenn.
Time of Race: 15 minutes, 17 seconds
Margin of Victory: 1.401 seconds
Yellow Flags: One (lap 24)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Brandon Kinzer 1-30, Tommy Kerr 31-40
Overall Top Qualifier: Brandon Kinzer (Group A) 16,751 seconds
Highest Finishing CT525 Engine ($200): None
Highest Finishing Steel/SPEC Engine ($200): None
Provisional Starters: Kyle Courtney (emergency)
Schaeffer’s Oil Fall Nationals Series Points (as of 8/16/19)
1. Tommy Kerr-200
2. Robby Moses-196
3. Brandon Kinzer-194
4. David Payne-192
5. Dakotah Knuckles-190
6. Donald McIntosh-188
7. Bobby Giffin-186
8. Austin Smith-184
9. Pierce McCarter-182
10. Kyle Courtney-180
Schaeffer’s Oil Fall Nationals Schedule/Results
August 16-Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, TN)-Tommy Kerr
August 17-North Georgia Speedway (Chatsworth, GA)-$10,000 to win
August 31-Thunderhill Raceway Park (Summertown, TN)-$5,000 to win
September 1-Tazewell Speedway (Tazewell, TN)-$5,044 to win
September 14-Toccoa Raceway (Toccoa, GA)-$10,000 to win
September 28-Senoia Raceway (Senoia, GA)-$10,000 to win
October 11-Tri-County Race Track (Brasstown, NC)-$10,053 to win